Yoga: Five years is a long time …

Scan_20151013Perhaps it’s not that long for some of you!  I have just  completed a five year journey with Sadhana Mala and received my certification as a Yoga Therapist. We had a fantastic weekend with more learning and many celebrations.  Today I feel pride for having finished and a heightened awareness of the support of my family, my teachers, my fellow students, and to those of you who entrust me with your yoga practice.

It is also a day of grief, as I  acknowledge the end of a stage of my learning.  I am sure our sangha (community) will remain connected but the end of a course inevitably brings a distance as other avenues present themselves to all of us and the structure of the course is withdrawn.  Perhaps we should instigate a tapas – to stay actively in touch?

Since I started this blog, I have been posting some reflections from my students about their one to one/yoga therapy experience and have another one to post.  In the meantime, this is an extract from the Association of Yoga Studies – a viniyoga community, about what it means to be a yoga therapist

One to one teaching and Therapy

This is one of the hallmarks of aYs teaching. As part of their training, aYs registered teachers are qualified to teach individual students. They learn how to plan and teach practices precisely tailored to the needs of each student. Those teachers marked as “trainee” on the website are still undergoing such training. Yoga therapy is offered in one-to-one sessions, and can help at times when you may be suffering from an injury, disease or other affliction when it can help to relieve suffering and improve healing.  It can also help you learn how to:

  • Cope with excessive stress or anxiety
  • Enhance energy and productivity
  • Develop a personal meditation practice
  • Reduce dependency on alcohol, social and medical drugs and overeating
  • Support sporting or outdoor activities
  • Prepare for childbirth and post-pregnancy
  • Help menstrual problems and menopause
  • Care for chronic disorders such as arthritis, asthma, circulatory or digestive problems, hypertension, insomnia, back pain etc.